Friday night’s (August 23) SmackDown aired live from Bakersfield, California. It was the 730th SmackDown episode.
At the opening of the show the SmackDown general manager Vickie Guerrero announced that, in the main event, Daniel Bryan will face Wade Barrett in a Steel Cage Match.
Curtis Axel Vs Cody Rhodes
Result: Axel won the match via pinfall following a Neckbreaker on Cody Rhodes.
Dolph Ziggler Vs Big E Langston (with AJ Lee)
Result: Ziggler won the match via pinfall following his finishing move, Zig Zag.
Alberto Del Rio Vs Christian
Result: Del Rio won the match via submission after applying the Cross Armbreaker on Christian.
Big Show & Mark Henry Vs 3MB (Jinder Mahal, Drew McIntyre, and Heath Slater)
(3-on-2 Handicap Match)
Result: Big Show won the match for his team via pinfall after he hit McIntyre with a Knockout Punch.
Antonio Cesaro Vs Darren Young
Result: Young managed to secure a win via pinfall, hitting Cesaro with his finishing move, The Gutcrusher.
Daniel Bryan Vs Wade Barrett
(Steel Cage Match)
Result: Bryan won the match by a three-count, first hitting Barrett with a Sunset Flip Powerbomb and then a running knee to his face.
After the match, WWE Champion Randy Orton, who was earlier humiliated by Bryan at the opening of the show, appeared from beneath the ring, striking Bryan with an RKO.
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